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The Lincoln Lawyer (Haller 1): A Lincoln Lawyer Case (Mickey Haller) Kindle Edition
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Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car, traveling between the far-flung courthouses of Los Angeles to defend clients of every kind. Bikers, con artists, drunk drivers, drug dealers - they're all on Mickey Haller's client list. For him, the law is rarely about guilt or innocence - it's about negotiation and manipulation. Sometimes it's even about justice. A Beverly Hills playboy arrested for attacking a woman he picked up in a bar chooses Haller to defend him, and Mickey has his first high-paying client in years. It is a defense attorney's dream, what they call a franchise case. And as the evidence stacks up, Haller comes to believe this may be the easiest case of his career.
Then someone close to him is murdered and Haller discovers that his search for innocence has brought him face-to-face with evil as pure as a flame. To escape without being burned, he must deploy every tactic, feint, and instinct in his arsenal - this time to save his own life.
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- ASIN : B00ENS583Y
- Publisher : Allen & Unwin; 3rd edition (20 August 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 1075 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 480 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 33,277 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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He's no Raymond Chandler but I'm not being fair am I? Let me give you a comparison using Chandlers "Fairwell, my lovely". In one scene Marlowe investigates an old drunk lady but every aspect from the decrepit house she lives in to her own character is searing on the mind. It's the same with numerous characters and situations in Chandlers novels as he's a genius.
Now let's contrast this with the defendant in Lincoln Lawyer. He's kind of flat and characterless despite being a central character. Likewise Connelly's prose is at times flat and laborious. Yet despite this he's readable in my opinion due to the details and procedures of Legal and Police work he focuses on in his books.
Also LA is such a good backdrop as with Chandlers work.
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I remember watching the movie starring Matthew McConaughey years ago, but I couldn’t remember the story, and I haven’t read the book, so I decided to rectify that oversight immediately and bought a copy. You can’t have an outstanding collection of legal thrillers without the top one, can you, regardless of whether you have a copy of everything John Grisham has ever written!
The Lincoln Lawyer is a fairly meaty tome, with around 450 pages, but the action and pace is frenetic from beginning to end. The protagonist is Michael Haller, twice-divorced defence (sorry, I just can’t bring myself to spell it the American way *shudder*) attorney who works out of the back of his car, hustling for briefs from drug dealers, street walkers and anyone else who can afford to pay his fees. Unexpectedly, a rich client falls into his lap, and one who seems to be innocent of the crime he has been charged with, a case too good to be true. But, as Michael’s father once said, ‘there is no client as scary as an innocent man.’
So begins a tale full of twists and unexpected turns, as Micheal fights to get his client acquitted and the victim shown up as the lying chancer she is. But obviously, it’s not that simple and, throughout the 450 pages, Michael plays a game of wits against a devious adversary who will stop at nothing to make sure the truth never comes out. I found the plot completely gripping, and wished I’d had more time to devote to reading it because I didn’t really want to put it down once I’d started. Unfortunately, the arrival of a new puppy prevented that, but I raced through it as fast as I could.
Anyway, I can see why lawyers love this book, it gives great descriptions of the trial process and the cut and thrust of adversarial law, without being dry and dull, or at least I thought so. The plot is clever, with enough surprises to keep the reader guessing to the end, and Haller is an appealing character to carry us through, which is no mean feat, considering what a loathed and ridiculed breed lawyers often are. I’m going to watch the movie again this afternoon while I do my ironing, as I have no memory of it really and I’m interested to see how it compares to the book while that is fresh in my mind. (Matthew McConaughey gives good lawyer too, his Jake Brigance in A Time To Kill is one of my favourite of his performances.)
This book is a great addition to my collection of legal thrillers, and definitely a must read for anyone who loves the genre. Do you have any other recommendations for me?
Mickey Haller is a defence lawyer who works from his car – a Lincoln town car – he is brought in by a bondsman to meet a potential client Louis Roulet he’s up on assault and attempted rape charges. Haller considers it a possible ‘gravy train’ or franchise case – a case that will warrant his highest rates, could well involve appeals (further charges) and if he does well some great recommendations to more potential clients. It looks good and Haller agrees to meet with Roulet.
A great deal of the first half of the book is setting the way in which Haller works, his life, the cases he works and starts to give a really interesting insight into the U.S. legal system. He takes the case on.
The book begins to pick up about 40-45% of the way in when Haller begins to realise that his client may not be the innocent he claimed to be. He gets his private investigator and friend to check out a number of angles in the case and another one from the past.
His private life also unfolds as we read this first in the series he has two ex wives one is a prosecutor, with whom he has a daughter, the other works as his assistant.
He is gutted when he realises how this new case is linked to the old one and he wants to do the right thing but it could compromise his legal standing. Still he decides to go ahead with the help of his friend but it gets worse when this friend, the P.I., is killed. Will this undermine his plan? Will he be accused of his murder?
Michael Connelly writes this complicated story well the second half of the book is gripping and holds your attention through Roulet’s court case and after as Haller realises his plan may backfire and put not only his own life but that of his loved ones into grave danger.
There are twists and turns, tension and a well written plot which ultimately made this a book worth reading. I didn’t like many of the characters but I don’t think that matters. Haller himself is quite intriguing but not necessarily likeable – even though his ex-wives seem to have a soft spot for him!
If you like courtroom drama and investigation from a different (non-police) point of view this may well be the book and series for you. It’s well written, as you would expect from an author of Michael Connelly’s experience, and very engaging.
It took me a little while, I’m not sure why, but once I got into this book I enjoyed it.
What we have is a lead character that comes across as a slightly grubby - but undoubtedly clever - lawyer, who has his failings but ultimately does what is right and believes in the power of the law.
In this story Connolly has created a web of intrigue which takes you from what you think is correct onto a different path altogether. It's refreshing from the usual crime where you see the path ahead of you easily and if there is a deviation it feels false. This story has twists and turns that are believable.
Writing is top notch. Can't fault Connolly for his ability to craft a novel that is accessible with perfectly timed pace but at the same time has enough depth to make sure you don't feel you are reading pulp.
To be honest, one of Connolly's best.
In my humble opinion all of Michael Connelly's Mickey Haller books are excellent reads and I wish there were more, but for me this is not only the best Mickey Haller book, it's up there as one of Michael Connelly's best ever novels.
Mickey Haller is a defence lawyer who takes on the case of a rich boy accused of a serious crime against a woman.
The story perfectly layers this in with other twists and turns, and it's simply a gripping read all of the way through until the end.
I feel compelled to write this review at this time because this Kindle book is a Richard & Judy bestseller on offer for only 99p. I urge everyone to jump on this chance to buy this book at this price. You will never spend a more worthwhile 99p on any book. My 5 star review ratings are rare and have to be well earned. If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would.